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Official NASA Communication 92-141

Official NASA Communication 92-141

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Paula Cleggett-Haleim Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

September 2, 1992 (Phone: 202/358-1547) RELEASE: 92-141 NASA SELECTS SCIENCE/APPLICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN NASA has selected Dr. Claude R. Canizares, head of the Astrophysics Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as the new Chairman of the Space Science and Applications Advisory Committee. Dr. Lennard A. Fisk, Associate Administrator of NASA's Office of Space Science and Applications, said that the advisory committee process would be particularly important over the coming months as NASA looks at restructuring parts of its program. "To preserve a strong set of space science missions in a tight budgetary environment, we need to work especially closely with members of the scientific community," said Fisk. This committee, a standing committee of the NASA Advisory Council, consults with and advises NASA on its plans, priorities, objectives and strategies to accomplish its multifaceted space science programs. Concerned with observations from space and use of space technology to support basic research, the committee reviews NASA's plans in the following areas: astrophysics, solar system exploration, solar and space physics, Earth science, microgravity research and life sciences. Since 1990, he also has served as the Director of the MIT

Center for Space Research. He has served on numerous NASA advisory committees, including the Space and Earth Sciences Advisory Committee and the NASA-University Relations Task Force. Also, he served as a member of the National Academy of Science's Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee. Canizares has written or contributed to more than 114 scientific papers. He earned three degrees from Harvard University -- A.B. in 1967, A.M. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1972. - more -2Canizares succeeds Dr. Berrien Moore who led the committee since its formation in 1988. Moore recently received the Distinguished Public Service Medal, one of the highest honors NASA bestows. Moore had helped to organize the Space Science and Applications Advisory Committee from three former committees -- Space and Earth Sciences, Space Applications and Life Sciences. Moore merged an extraordinarily diverse group of scientists and perspectives into a coherent and cohesive body, capable of looking at the full spectrum of space science and applications issues and then rendering objective advice. Currently, Moore is Director of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire. -end-

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